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Classic Vietnam: ex Hanoi

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8 Days
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US$ 1,312

Experience the essential Vietnam in one week visiting vibrant Ho Chi Min City, colourful Hoi An and the attractive capital, Hanoi. Find out what Vietnam is all about in one week.


Enjoy the highlights of this fast emerging destination. There are teeming cities, time worn temples and pagodas, second to none white sand beaches, history, recent and ancient, lush green mountains and much more.

Starting in Hanoi the capital, you will find a mix of east and west due to its wide boulevards and French influences.  Here visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state.  Also visit the nearby museum to learn more about the man. In the afternoon, visit the charming and lovely One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th Century and the uniquely designed Opera House.  Finally, take a stroll through the ancient quarter called the 36 Streets all traditionally named after artisans and craftsmen.

Fly from Hanoi to Danang and take time to enjoy the Cham Museum with its large collection of sculptures after which head to Hoi An viewing en route the Marble Mountains and China Beach.

Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a historical port where the old town is a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. The next day, visit the local market to buy ingredients for a 2 hour cooking class in which you will prepare a meal and then enjoy it for lunch. The restaurant is reached by boat along the Hoi An River.

Return to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, bustling with life – just watch a scooter go by with a family of five hanging on. Its many markets sell everything from silk to spices and the city is dotted with temples. Start with a tour of the city; see the Notre Dame Cathedral the uniquely designed Post Office, Reunification Hall (formerly the Presidential Palace) and the History Museum. Later, visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate underground system of tunnels and chambers built in the 1940’s and used again in the 1960’s to evade the foreign enemy. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,312

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Day 1

Hanoi Airport to City Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Chalcedony Hotel

Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Chalcedony Hotel

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    Chalcedony Hotel



    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site ...

    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Security
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Broadband Internet
    • Business Centre
    • Camera System on Public Areas
    • Coffee Lounge
    • Doctor on Call
    • Elevator
    • Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Gym
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Newspapers
    • Restaurant
    • Travel Desk
    • Wireless Broadband Internet

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Day 2

Full Day Hanoi City Tour including Lunch

Visit Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum in which Ho Chi Minh lies in state. Subject to opening hours, the interior of the mausoleum may be visited. Continue to the modest stilted wooden bungalow where Uncle Ho lived and worked, before visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum. Dedicated to the 'father of the country', the museum chronicles the evolution of Vietnamese independence.

French architecture features prominently in Hanoi and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example. Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda with a history steeped in folklore. The final stop is the Thang Long Royal Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century during the Ly Viet Dynasty. This important historical site served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration of the city, resplendent with French colonial architecture including the exquisite, Opera House. Pass Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the 'Lake of the Restored Sword' after the legend that surrounds it, en-route to one of the city's many fascinating museums: choose from Ancient History, Military History or Fine Arts, depending on your personal interests. Continue to the Temple of Literature, a serene retreat from the busy streets outside. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam's first university.

The best way to experience Hanoi's Old Quarter is on foot and next, take a walking tour through an area of the city known as '36 Streets'. The oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, this densely populated section of Hanoi was once an important centre of commerce where goods were sold on the street name of a particular guild. The labyrinthine alleyways are perfect for exploring on foot with names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Hanoi Airport

Duration1 Hour

Hanoi Airport to Hue Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Hue Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Half Day Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel With Lunch

Enjoy one of the most notable features of Hue, the meandering Perfume (Huong) River that divides the city. As both the Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda are situated on the river banks, boating on a simple, yet comfortable, vessel offers you a relaxing alternative to the Imperial Hue tour. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Duration4 Hours

Eldora Hue Hotel

Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue .

Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. Offering exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, Eldora boutique hotel is an ideal getaway for leisure and business travellers alike.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Eldora Hue Hotel

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    Eldora Hue Hotel



    Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue . Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. ...

    Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue .

    Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. Offering exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, Eldora boutique hotel is an ideal getaway for leisure and business travellers alike.

    Facilities

    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Non-Smoking Rooms

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Day 4

Half Day Emperors of Contrast by Road to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tomb

Located in attractive settings along the banks of the Perfume River, the tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty were not just designed as their final place of rest. Here, the emperors would come during their twilight years to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing and hunting as well as the company of their many concubines. Of these tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc is considered to be the most magnificent. Tu Duc lived a life of excess and this is reflected in the grandeur of the traditional architecture, majestic walkways and ornate pavilions that fill the grounds of his mausoleum. In contrast, Emperor Khai Dinh was effectively a 'Puppet Emperor' for the ruling French colonialists and this is evident in the eclectic mix of European and Vietnamese styles that influenced the design of his final resting place.

Duration3 Hours

Hue to Hoi An With Visit To Lang Co Village En-route

Depart Hue and travel overland to Hoi An via Cloudy Pass, with a visit to the idyllic fishing village of Lang Co en-route.

Duration3 Hours

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Hoi An Historic Hotel



    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the ...

    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Badminton Court
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Half Day Hoi An Walking Tour - Morning

Located 30KM south of Danang, the sublime riverside town of Hoi An is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colourful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk, a quick stop and visit local house located in a hidden alleyway can be offered where guests will have chance to try one of best known cake in Hoi An -- Banh It la Gai.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Half Day Market Visit and Cooking Classes with Lunch ex Hoi An

Begin the morning with a fresh juice or ca phe sua da (Vietnamese coffee) at a local cafe before experiencing the cacophony of sights and sounds at Hoi An's vibrant marketplace. Here you will have the chance to interact with the local vendors and also purchase the necessary ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson later this morning.

Walking the short distance to the jetty, board a small boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school. As you journey, the bustling scene close to town gives way to peace and tranquility and the boat trip is a wonderful way to experience life on the river. Hoi An is renowned throughout Vietnam for its delicious culinary specialities and this morning's cooking class begins with an introduction to some of the region's best-known dishes. You will tour the school's vegetable and herb garden before following the example of the local chef and preparing some of the dishes yourself. The class will last approximately 2 hours and will culminate with lunch and a short demonstration of Vietnamese vegetable carving and plate decoration.

Duration5 Hours
Day 6

Transfer from Hoi An To Danang Airport with Cham Museum Tour En-route

On route to Danang Airport you willl drive overland and visit the Cham Museum. Situated in a quiet area of Danang City, the Cham Museum was built in 1915. The kingdom of Champa controlled what is now south and central Vietnam from approximately 192 through 1697. At present, the museum houses 297 stone and terracotta sculptural works made between the 7th and the 15th centuries. These are impressive works typical of the Cham culture. From here, continue on to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with period architecture and relaxed lifestyle.

Duration1 Hour

Da Nang Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport to City Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Saigon Hotel

The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Saigon Hotel

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    Saigon Hotel


    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and ...

    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Car Rental Service
    • Conference and Banquet
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Tour Desk

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Day 7

Full Day Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour including lunch

Synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating day trip out of the city.

Work on the tunnels began during the war against the French in the 1940s and over the next 25 years as the conflict with America escalated, they were improved and expanded to create an underground city of meeting areas, storerooms, living quarters and much more. The tunnels allowed the Viet Cong to control a vital area of South Vietnam and at their height, extended for more than 200KM in length and stretched from what was then Saigon to the Cambodian border.

Preserved as a memorial park, two sections of this remarkable network are open to the public. Visiting the area at Ben Dinh, there is the option to go below the surface and visit sections of the tunnels first hand. The more adventurous may go deeper and your guide will be on hand to give guidance on the degree of expected difficulty. There is plenty of interest above ground as well and it is recommended to bring good footwear, sunscreen and a hat. Please note you may get a little dusty if you decide to go underground.

Return to city for lunch at a local restaurant. The first stop on this afternoon's itinerary is Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signalling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. Now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication centre, after your visit, walk the short distance to Notre Dame Cathedral. At the centre of HCMC's government district, this romantic church dates back to the late 19th century and is a popular backdrop for wedding photographs. Across the street from the cathedral is the city's striking French colonial-era post office, whilst Hotel de Ville de Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is another of the city's most prominent buildings. The Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in yet another fine example of Sino-French architecture. Dating back to the 1920s, it contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam.

As an alternative to the Museum of Vietnamese History, visit the elegant Fine Arts Museum with its impressive collection of ancient and modern art and sculptures, or the War Remnants Museum, which is primarily dedicated to the Vietnam War but also includes exhibits dating back to French colonialist period and the first Indochina War.

The final stop today is the unforgettable Jade Emperor Pagoda. With the pungent smell of incense hanging heavy in the air and an interior packed fall of ornate carvings and fierce-looking statues, this Taoist temple is one of the most atmospheric places of worship in the city. Transfer back to your hotel after your visit or alternatively be dropped off at Ben Thanh market for personal exploration and a spot of souvenir hunting.

Duration10 Hours
Day 8

City Hotel to Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 nights accommodation, domestic flights, transfers, sighseeing with English speaking guide, entrance fees, and meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, gratuities, items of a personal nature and drinks.

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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.  

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